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The Penniman House: A Whaling Story

focuses on one of the most successful whaling captains in New England. Edward Penniman was 11 in 1842 when he signed on as cook on a schooner. Years later, as a captain, he set sail from New Bedford seven times to hunt whales. The trips generally took several years each. Letters indicate he did not like life at sea, but the money allowed him to afford a large ornate house, which is featured at this site, along with a brief a history of whaling in America. (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)

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Captain Penniman's House, French Second Empire style, built in 1868. (From the collection of Cape Cod National Seashore)

Captain Penniman's house

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